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    If you plan on continuing a tradition, it might be a good idea to find out just what tradition it is that you intend to continue.
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: ideas 
     
    From 1962 to 1965, the guitar became this icon of youth culture, thanks mostly to the Beatles
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: youth  culture 
     
    Jazz is not something that can be defined through blunt instruments. It is much more poetic than that.
    — Pat Metheny
    Im always trying to find connections between things. That art is the juxtaposition of a lot of things that seem unrelated but add up to something recognizable.
    — Pat Metheny
    It's a shame that jazz is now being turned into dried fruit. It's becoming quantized, diced and defined. It's becoming an idiom. To me if it's anything, jazz is a verb ? it's more like a process than it is a thing.
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: process  shame 
     
    Music is one big thing to me.
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: music 
     
    Its more about conception and touch and spirit and soul than whether my hardware was in place.
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: soul  spirit 
     
    The more I can learn about music, the more I learn about other things.
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: music  learn 
     
    The main thing in my life...is that I really need to go home and practice.
    — Pat Metheny
    It is Jazz's very nature to change, to develop & adapt to the circumstances of its environment.
    — Pat Metheny
    Jazz demands that you bring to it things that are valuable to you, that are personal to you.
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: personal 
     
    Players get to that intermediate level where they can already play pretty good, and that's kind of a dangerous period because they tend to start playing only the things that they can play, rather than the things they can't.
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: dangerous 
     
    Jazz is an idea that is more powerful than the details of its history.
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: powerful  ideas 
     
    Most guys at Berklee are going to wind up truck drivers.
    — Pat Metheny
    More and more as time has gone on, I realize that playing is really more about listening than it is about playing.
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: time  listening  gone 
     
    Smokin' at the Half Note is the absolute greatest jazz-guitar album ever made. It is also the record that taught me how to play.
    — Pat Metheny
    People sometimes say it takes a long time to become a Jazz fan, but for me it took about five seconds.
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: time  people 
     
    There's more bad music in jazz than any other form. Maybe that's because the audience doesn't really know what's happening.
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: bad  music 
     
    Learning to play is mostly about learning to hear, and learning to really listen deeply to sound in a musical way is a lifetime's worth of work.
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: work  learning  worth 
     
    The best musicians are not the best players, they're the best listeners.
    — Pat Metheny
    Listening is the key to everything good in music.
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: key  listening  music 
     
    One very fundamental thing has not changed and I realized that it will never change... is that I really need to go home and practice.
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: fundamental 
     
    My first relationship to any kind of musical situation is as a listener.
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: relationship 
     
    I was deep in the zone of practicing almost constantly
    — Pat Metheny
    I hate the way chorus boxes sound
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: hate 
     
    The Unity Band project has been life-changing for me. I have led many groups of talented musicians, but this is unlike anything else.
    — Pat Metheny
    As much as I have done collaborations over the years, I am actually kind of a reluctant partner.
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: year 
     
    I was able to work with the best musicians in Kansas City starting when I was really young
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: work  young 
     
    What I look for in musicians is a sense of infinity
    — Pat Metheny
    I try to be prepared for the moment, through understanding, and being warmed up, knowing all about chords and scales, so I don't even have to think and I can get right to what it is I want to say.
    — Pat Metheny
    The beauty of jazz is that it's malleable. People are addressing it to suit their own personalities.
    — Pat Metheny
    Jazz music will continue to thrive, possibly in unexpected ways.
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: music 
     
    I just have never seen anyone build anything significant in any field without having a deep and detailed sense of what they are building on.
    — Pat Metheny
    And if I ever DO see [Kenny G] anywhere, at any function - he WILL get a piece of my mind, and maybe a guitar wrapped around his head.
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: mind 
     
    I realized that equipment really had little to do with why I sound like the way I sound
    — Pat Metheny
    There has to be a real strong reason to do something with someone for me.
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: strong  real 
     
    I love playing and working on music. It is something that I feel really lucky to be able to spend my life doing. And I don't sleep much!
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: sleep  music 
     
    I think I represent a more left-wing view of what jazz is
    — Pat Metheny
    Music is what you notice when it's no longer in your presence.
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: music 
     
    I don't know if I would qualify as mainstream. I think I have managed to function pretty successfully on the fringes of the music world and have been able to play exactly what I have wanted the way I have wanted
    — Pat Metheny
    tags: world  music 
     
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